We all deserve our time in the sun.
Mrs L. Dog, Lettie to her friends, was glued to my left calf that morning. Beautiful day, the tropical breezes blowing, not a cloud in the sky, and the scent of jasmine on the breeze.
When I went inside, she had parked herself on the deck. I decided that since I was just about ready to make lunch, she’d stay there as long as she liked. Starting to prepare a rather excellent hoagie on rather average bread, Lettie could be watched from the portal to the back yard. There is a window that is behind the kitchen sink and it looks over this view.
Once out of sight, Lettie lost interest in watching for me and went about being a dog in the summer sun. This being Florida, it was the winter sun and it was also around 75 degrees under the Lanai‘s steel roof. Perfect Dog weather.
Making the food was interesting but not as interesting as watching this happy friend of mine luxuriate on the wooden beach of my back yard. Lettie is quick to smile, and dogs smile because as a species living around us they know what we mean when we smile. She smiles to let us know that she’s happy. If you don’t believe it, play fetch with a Labrador, swim with a Portuguese Water Dog, or watch Lettie the Border Collie doing her walk or recharging in the sun.
She’s also the personification of “In or Out but close the door!”. I was in the kitchen out of sight for all of 10 minutes and she was done. By the time I had the Ciabatta roll soaked in Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, Italian Spice Mix, Salami, Ham, Provolone, Lettuce, Tomato and Onion, Lettie was standing at the door looking to come inside.
I’m done, she said smiling at me and walking past my left calf for a drink of cooling water and an afternoon full of sprawling on the cool tile of the Florida room chasing the little sliver of sunlight that sneaks in this time of year with her body.
All in all a wonderful afternoon to be a dog.